General dentistry provides preventive care and oral health care for a broad range of oral diseases and disorders. For optimum dental health, it is essential to visit a general dentist twice a year for cleanings, dental exams, and treatment. Michael Kampourakis D.D.S. provides general dental care and education for patients in Commack, NY; Smithtown, NY; and throughout Suffolk County, NY.
According to recommendations from the American Dental Association, everyone should visit a general dentist every six months to enable the dentist to detect and address problems, such as decay and diseases before they become more serious. If you are at risk for complications or have advanced decay or periodontal disease, it is advisable to visit the dentist more often. When people get regular dental care, they tend to enjoy lasting oral health and retain their natural teeth longer.
Common Questions about General Dentistry
Is it necessary to visit the dentist so often?
Yes. There are many reasons to visit the dentist, even if you are not having problems with decay or gum disease. Even with regular brushing and flossing, tartar accumulates on the teeth and this tartar can harbor bacteria. Professional cleaning can help prevent tooth decay and periodontal disease.
What happens during a typical visit?
The visit starts with a general inspection of the teeth and x-rays, if they haven’t been done recently. The dental hygienist will scrape tartar along the gum line and clean the teeth. The dentist will review x-rays, discuss the findings and recommend treatment for any problems.
What follow up care is needed?
Depending on the results of the exam, the dentist may recommend a specific dental treatment or at-home care to improve the health of your teeth and gums. If advanced oral health problems are present, the dentist may refer you to a specialist. For more information and to schedule an appointment with our general dentist, please contact our office at 631-462-2810.
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